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NUR8550 Professional Studies 1

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Bianca Viljoen


This Masters level course is designed to facilitate synthesis of knowledge from previous studies as the basis for addressing the learning needs of the student, through a learning contract based on an identified area of professional interest to the student.

This course is based on a negotiated learning contract between students and their supervisor. The learning contract requires that students draw on their previous learning and identify their current learning needs. To undertake the learning project students will develop learning objectives and a project plan. The students, in consultation with their supervisor will agree upon learning objectives, available resources, learning processes and methods of evaluation.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Design objectives for an individual learning contract relevant to their chosen specialty;
  2. Plan and undertake a learning project including a timeline, strategies, and resources to meet their objectives;
  3. Develop a report or education session through critiquing of current literature and evaluation of practice within their workplace.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Developing learning objectives. 10.00
2. Planning and undertaking a project. 10.00
3. Produce a report or education session for assessment. 80.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

As the learning needs of each student are unique and addressed through individual contracts, there is no set text for the course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 20 1,2
Assignments Written Report No 80 1,2,3
Date printed 10 February 2023